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Fitletic Belt Review!

So I’ve been teasing you guys ever since San Francisco to let you in on my newest favorite toy, the Fitletic belt. Now, believe me when I say I’m a skeptic of most things and I believe that different things work for different people. I mean look at what happened with me and testing out gu… Yea, that didn’t go so well. I thought that since I was running a marathon I needed a fuel belt. I got my first fuel belt and though I do like the idea, the idea didn’t go so well with my body. Chafing all over the place from the bottle, and constantly having to pull the fuel belt down got on my last nerve. I also knew that for San Francisco I wanted something to carry my phone and ID and my camera. Though I already have my pouch that I attached to my fuel belt, I wasn’t sure if it would attach easily to the smaller belts I was looking at or if I would even like one of the smaller belts.

Well, to my surprised, I was shocked to see such a variety of belts at the San Francisco expo. I had heard some people talking on twitter about spibelts and iFitness belts and the differences earlier that day, and I pretty much had seen a spibelt and wanted something a little bit bigger so I wanted to see the iFitness belt before I made my final decision. When I got to the table I straight up asked the man working why I should choose iFitness over Spibelts. He told me that iFitness has a built in pocket and then proceeded to pull out 5 SMASHED gus out of the little baby pouch. I was in shock. I also really liked the small pocket in the back of the belt. The material of the belt looked nice and was really soft, which was another selling point. He showed me where to wear it and how to adjust it and I handed him 20 bucks and a new pink iFitness belt was mine. They come in so many colors it’s unreal, but obviously I had to get pink, come on people.

I was skeptical that I would like the belt when I was running the half marathon, but I was very wrong. Once I got everything situated on my belt, including the pouch and my phone in the proper place I really liked the belt. It wasn’t riding up, it stayed in place, and I didn’t have the whole world bouncing along on my hips. I was in shock the entire time that I NEVER had to pull it down. It was a little tricky to get my pouch to go on the right side of my body so it wasn’t wriggling around, but once I found the happy medium it worked out perfectly. I just sat everything on my butt basically. It was so nice, and since I wasn’t going to take water during the half, not having water with me wasn’t a big problem.

So now onto some of my classic jank photoshop pictures for your enjoyment and education.

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Here we have the booty shot, so just dismiss my butt and focus on the belt. On the left side we have the nathan pouch that I attached myself by clipping it on. If you don’t put it in the right “place” (it takes a few minutes to find where it won’t bounce) then it will bounce like it looks like it is in the picture. If it bounces it’s super annoying, so just fiddle around and make sure it works for you, you’ll find the ‘right place’ I promise. You can see right next to the little pink pouch, the adjustable strap. That is where you adjust the whole belt. For me it’s pretty tight, so it can fit tons of different people. Then on the right side, you have the small pouch. I carried my phone, my license and, I think some money and a credit card in there no problem. It’s really nice because the little pouch is super expandable and can hold a lot more than you think.

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This picture is kind of pointless, but I just wanted to show you how the belt goes all the way around, this is basically the front part of the other picture. I put the little pouch on my back hip so it doesn’t hit me and bounce. Nice how it fits right on the little love handles right?!

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First off, this picture is legit because I look super thin! ha ha it’s because the camera in my hand is perfectly positioned. Bonus! Also, again, ignore the butt and the arrow basically pointing to my butt, I’m not the best with photoshop! Okay, back to my review. So this is the side view of the small pouch. The pouch is a neoprene like fabric and I really like the feel of it, along with the belt fabric. Both are really soft and I know that perhaps if I ever ventured off in a sports bra, that I would be able to wear it without chafing, which says a lot. The belt has a little clip where it clips together and it stays shut no problem. The zipper on the belt is a little hard to “get into” while your running, but this was a huge improvement for me since you can slide the belt around to make it easier for you to get into. The zipper and craftsmanship (did I just say that) really seemed to be done very well on the belt and I feel that it’s sturdy and will hold up for a long time.

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This is a picture from the race with my friend Billy, and just shows you how big the small side pouch is and how it looks on someone. So onto another selling point, the small pocket inside the little pouch. This is pretty cool because when I take stuff out of the big pouch, it’s nice not to have to make sure my ID, money and whatever else I might be storing in there flopping all over the ground.

Overall, as you all can tell, I LOVE the iFitness belt. It’s also great when I want to carry my iPod when don’t want to have the arm band on. It allows me to take my phone on all my long runs and the ability to have my pouch attached allows me to take my pb and js as well. Perfect for me, perfect for my chafed back and perfect for my arms that were so tired of pulling that dang fuel belt down!

So in honor of this sweet product, I’m having another sweet giveaway…. I’m giving away my OLD FUEL BELT! Just kidding, wouldn’t that be funny?! HAHA! Sometimes I just crack myself up.

But I’m actually giving away an iFitness belt!!!! HOORAY! I know that anyone who runs and wants to schlep their crap with them will love one of these bad boys. Seriously, even if you see one at a expo, I think you should give it a try, or you can even visit their website and get one there. You won’t be disappointed. Also the even better part is… my iFitness belt doesn’t have this, but they came out with a new product with REFLECTORS on them and that will be the one that I will be giving away! Yippie! So that is even cooler than the one I have, if that is possible. So leave a comment with what you must take with you on your run, or what you would take with you. It could be funny or serious, whatever you want and the winner will be chosen next Wednesday, so you guys have a lot of time to be witty and enter! Want more entries? Link back from your blog for 3 entries instead of just one!

xoxo

PS if you didn’t enter the contest to win a $50 Gift Certificate to Living Rooms Direct, leave a comment on THIS POST! The winner will be announced tomorrow morning!

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141 Comments

  • Reply Leah

    I’ve been thinking of getting a fuel belt but not so excited now if I’m going to get chaffed, no fun! I would carry my ipod, keys and id with me!! Great giveaway!

    August 28, 2009 at 7:15 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Alis Grave Nil

    Pick me! Pick me! I’m linking back to your giveaway as well. :) Looks awesome. I could totally use this for carrying my junk.

    August 28, 2009 at 9:04 pm
  • Reply Karli

    OOO I love that one!! If I don’t win, I’ll probably get one since I was just talking to my hubby about needing one. It’ll be nice to have my hands free of my ipod and cell phone when I’m running :D

    August 28, 2009 at 9:45 pm
  • Reply Kayda

    I always carry a mini water bottle with me but I need to start carrying my id and a phone

    August 28, 2009 at 10:10 pm
  • Reply Danielle

    Although I run with a Camelbak so I can have enough water to hydrate during my long runs in super hot and humid Florida I can’t easily access the zippered pockets that are on the back without taking the whole thing off. I’m going to be running the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Fran this October and have been looking for something to put my camera in so I can bring it along during the run. This looks perfect!

    August 30, 2009 at 6:39 am
  • Reply kymberli q.

    Nice butt, I mean BELT. Nice belt. :)- And P.S. You ARE super thin! :)-

    August 30, 2009 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Kara

    I would love to take my camera with me, and this would be perfect for that! :) Also, my ID and some money wouldn’t be bad to have on hand either. Thanks for the great giveaway (and review).

    August 31, 2009 at 9:03 am
  • Reply Katie

    I would bring my phone, Cliff Shots, and TP!! No doubt about it :)

    August 31, 2009 at 1:30 pm
  • Reply Darlene

    The belt sounds perfect – can’t wait to get one.

    August 31, 2009 at 7:30 pm
  • Reply Pam

    my phone and my car key :) Oh and could I fit a maybe a cute guy that is willing to carry me around and across the finish line?? lol

    August 31, 2009 at 8:01 pm
  • Reply Eunice

    IF I don’t win I’m probably buying one – I hate my current belt cuz it has these annoying straps that flop all in my way! raarr.. ah well, in my (dream) belt i’d carry my phone, credit card, sport beans, and metrocard for the just-in-case moments when the legs don’t wanna go anymore..(gotta love the NYC subway system!)

    August 31, 2009 at 9:22 pm
  • Reply Es

    This would come in handy for all my gus, cell phone and my house key. It looks so comfortable!

    September 1, 2009 at 10:32 am
  • Reply Kristen

    my Garmin!!! must have!

    September 1, 2009 at 10:52 am
  • Reply bmfan

    Looks cool, I always have my iPhone with me and use GPS to track my runs. need someway to carry it. I’m not to fond of the armbands..

    September 1, 2009 at 4:50 pm
  • Reply Maddy

    I have an iFitness belt I love it, but do you know what I would love more?

    Two iFitness Belts! One to wash and one to wear!

    September 1, 2009 at 4:58 pm
  • Reply Rick

    I would have a place for my keys, cellphone,gum & $5 thanks

    September 1, 2009 at 5:01 pm
  • Reply Chris

    I would take my iPhone, keys, and my ID card so I won’t have to keep it in my socks anymore. SWEET!

    September 1, 2009 at 5:05 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    since the husband is overseas, and since I don’t have family near by, I NEED to run with a photo ID, phone number with ICE number (country roads have no shoulders), and of course some GUs. If only they would get me past mile 15…

    September 1, 2009 at 5:11 pm
  • Reply Steena

    On a run I neeeed my Ipod and a stick of gum!
    But it would be nice to have something to carry a cell phone in, incase of emergency!

    September 1, 2009 at 5:26 pm
  • Reply Smurf

    This sounds super awesome. I got a SpiBelt at the expo, but am not super sold on it (it rides up and likes to snuggle the sausagetube in an unappealing way.)

    Things I have to take on a run:

    – Gu or Shot Bloks (I hate the Shot Bloks, but my boyfriend bought mountains of them, so I am trying to use them up.)
    – An extra minitube of sunscreen- I notice that I wipe my face whne I get sweaty and wonder if this is why I am getting some sunspots and whatnot on my cheeks. Trying to reapply halfway through.
    – Sometimes a little bit of water if I am using the ShotBlocks and won’t be near a fountain
    – I really should bring my cellphone. Really, I promise to if I win.
    – A snotrag.

    PICK SMURF!

    September 1, 2009 at 5:31 pm
  • Reply Page

    What would I jam in my iFitness belt? Let’s see…

    A crap-load-o-crap, including:

    Chapstick
    Gu
    iPhone
    House Key
    A little leprechaun to yell at me to run faster.

    Yup. That’s about it.

    September 1, 2009 at 5:36 pm
  • Reply Amanda

    I take gu- espresso and vanilla bean. Both with caffeine. I should take some vitamin I!

    September 1, 2009 at 8:00 pm
  • Reply Zach

    I typically don’t take much with me on my training runs, but probably should… so my phone would be first, and a credit card and home keys; and maybe a RoadID ID plate… hmmm… the iFitness belt may work well for that…

    September 1, 2009 at 8:13 pm
  • Reply Peter

    Very cool! I’d take a cell phone, cash, and gu.

    September 1, 2009 at 9:53 pm
  • Reply Erin

    I’m still skeptical about the belts but willing to try. That way I don’t have to keep circling my car like a vulture on my long runs – no fun!

    I would take cell phone, Gu, cash, keys, maybe sunscreen (I’m a redhead!)

    September 1, 2009 at 10:39 pm
  • Reply Jenny

    I’d love to try one!

    September 2, 2009 at 6:33 am
  • Reply Jenny

    Oops, forgot to say what I’d put in it. DEFINITELY my cell for dark and lonely morning runs!

    September 2, 2009 at 6:35 am
  • Reply chris

    woot! i’d shove a camera, id & money, and my keys. (yeah i’m boring like that…) :\

    September 2, 2009 at 7:05 am
  • Reply Jenna Z

    This would fix my number one issue with running: where to keep ID! I worry that when I run outside away from home that if there is an accident, no one will know who to contact. So I would keep all my ID info in here. Along with a couple of dollars for a treat when I make my way down to the convenience store! And a poo bag for when the dog tags along!

    September 2, 2009 at 3:12 pm
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  • Reply Russell

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